What’s Better Than A Free Cupcake…?

Hi there!  Been too busy to write — been baking like crazy the past two weeks!  We’ve been passing out samples at Marqt and having lots of fun meeting our wonderful customers.  We’ve found it so inspiring and gratifying that we almost wish we could do it every week!  Will write more on this subject next week – with pictures – but for now we just want to invite you to come taste our cupcakes, cookies, brownies and blondies this afternoon between 3 and 5 at Marqt Overtoom in Amsterdam and tomorrow at the same time at Marqt Utrechtsestraat in Amsterdam.

Come on over and see us – we’ll let you eat cake!

Love,

Pavanne & Brigitte
Antoinette

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Antoinette Goes To Belgium!

Greetings fellow baking lovers!  Hope you’ve all enjoyed your summer.  Here at Antoinette, Brigitte has been busy expanding our list of retailers, while I’ve been up to my elbows in flour trying to keep up with the ever-growing demand for our fabulous mixes!  We’re excited to announce 8 new retail outlets for our Antoinette baking mixes – one of them in Antwerp, Belgium:

Mamakookt
Kammenstraat 75, Antwerpen
www.mamakookt.be

Mamakookt specializes in “good & healthy food” aimed at working parents who are short on time but still want to feed their kids something as good as “home-made.”  Here at Antoinette, we can totally relate to that!

We’d also like to welcome:

Bon Fromage
‘t Dorp 69, Heesch
www.bonfromage.nl

Culimarkt
Nieuwkerksplein 100, Dordrecht
www.culimarkt.nl

De Bakwinkel
Sintelstraat 31a, Maasbracht
www.debakwinkel.nl

De Pelikaan
Pelikaanstraat 9, Zutphen
www.de-pelikaan.nl

Dunja
Venneperstraat 6, Nieuw-Vennep
www.bakwinkeldunja.nl

Kookstijl
Burgwal 29a, Oss
www.kookstijl.nl

LEKKER
Traaij 64
3971 GR, Driebergen
www.lekkerdriebergen.nl

Pieters voor Keuken, Koken & Wonen
Nieuwkerksplein 100, Dordrecht
www.hpieters.com

And let’s not forget:

Bakfeest & Zo
Halve Morgen 1a, Elst
www.bakfeestenzo.nl

iBake Cupcakes
Asselsestraat 37B, 7311 EC, Apeldoorn
www.ibakecupcakes.nl

Marqt – Overtoom
Overtoom 21, 1054 HA Amsterdam

Marqt – Utrechtsestraat
Utrechtsestraat 17, 1017 VH Amsterdam

Marqt – Haarlemmermeerstraat
Haarlemmerstraat 167, 1013 EP Amsterdam
coming soon…

Marqt – Oude Gracht
Gedempte Oude Gracht 66, 2011 GT Haarlem

Marqt – Hofweg
Hofweg 11, 2511 AA Den Haag

Marqt – Binnenrotte
Binnenrotte 77, 3011 HB Rotterdam

Marqt – Bergse Dorpsstraat
Bergse Dorpsstraat 103,3054 GC Rotterdam
coming soon…

www.marqt.com

Vivre Pour Toi
Koninginnelaan 66, 7315 BV Apeldoorn
www.vivrepourtoi.nl

Of course, if you can always order your mixes directly from us at AntoinetteOnline.

Let them eat cake!

Love,

Pavanne

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Antoinette Goes To Marqt!

Remember all of my mysterious references to a big deal, and promises that all would be revealed soon?  Well it’s finally time to let the cat out of the bag:

Antoinette baking mixes are now available at Marqt!

It’s the hippest, hottest, most delicious grocery store in the Netherlands, where they sell only real food, the best of the best!

Brigitte and I visited their stores a couple of weeks ago and brought along some goodies for the staff.  We think they liked them!

Marqt has four stores and more on the way:

Marqt Overtoom
Overtoom 21
1054 HA, Amsterdam

Marqt Utrechtsestraat
Utrechtsestraat 17
1017 VH, Amsterdam

Marqt Hofweg
Hofweg 11
2511 AA, Den Haag

Marqt Oude Gracht
Gedempte Oude Gracht 66
2011 GT, Haarlem

Marqt carries a large assortment of our products:  Chocolate Cupcake Mix, Vanilla Cupcake Mix, Lemon Cupcake Mix, Mocha Cupcake Mix, Chocolate Frosting Mix, Vanilla Frosting Mix, Lemon Frosting Mix, Mocha Frosting Mix, Whoopie Mix, Fudge Brownie Mix, Butterscotch Blondie Mix, and American Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix.

Be sure to stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.  We’re sure you’ll leave with a bag full of delicious groceries, just like Brigitte and I did!

“Let them eat cake!”

Love,

Pavanne

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An Apple A Day…

Remember those cute cake lollies I showed you last time?  Well I’ve just received a new batch of photos and this time they’re shaped like little apples!  They’re so adorable, I just have to share them with you.

Here’s how to make them:

Apple Cake Lollies

1 Antoinette Vanilla Cupcake Mix
1 Antoinette Vanilla Frosting Mix
Red Wilton Candy Melts*
Pretzel sticks
Green fondant
Leaf-shaped fondant cutter
Lolly sticks
A piece of polystyrene to stand the pops in
A small flower vase for presentation

Recipe:

Make the cupcakes as directed on the package and allow them to cool completely.  You won’t need to use cupcake wrappers – just be sure to grease the pan so they don’t stick.

Make the frosting as directed on the package and set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Break the cupcakes into fine crumbs (you can do this in a food processor if you like) and put them into a large bowl.

Mix the frosting into the crumbs so you get a kind of moist dough.

Next, take about a tablespoon of dough at a time and roll it into smooth balls.  Put these into the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours to chill completely.  If you’re in a hurry, you can put them in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, but don’t let them freeze completely.

To assemble:

Roll out the fondant and cut out one leaf per lolly.

Melt the Candy Melts in a bowl over a pan of simmering water while stirring.  Turn off the heat.  You may need to stir occasionally to keep it smooth.

Dip the tip of a lolly stick into the melted candy and stick it into a cake ball.

Dip the cake ball into the melted candy and cover completely.

Take a piece of pretzel, dip it into the melted candy, and stick it into the top of the “apple” for the stem.

Stick the pop into the polystyrene block and repeat procedure until you’ve made them all.  If you don’t want to make them all, you could wrap some of the uncoated cake balls and put them into the freezer for up to a month.  Let them defrost in the refrigerator before using them.

Once they’ve dried, stick the leaves onto the apples using some of the melted Candy Melts as glue.

*Wilton Candy Melts are available at most baking stores, like Bakfeest & Zo and iBake Cupcakes.  You can order them online from any baking site, such as CakeSupplies.nl.

These look adorable served in a small flower vase…

…or held as a bouquet.

Cake Lollies keep in the refrigerator for up to a week and for two days at room temperature.

“Let them eat cake!”

Love,

Pavanne

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Easy Easter Cupcakes

Sorry this is so late, but I finally got around to baking Easter cupcakes this evening to give you some ideas.  I was in a hurry, so I used an Antoinette Lemon Cupcake Mix and Lemon Frosting Mix and was done making it all in 20 minutes!

I’ll let you in on a secret:  cake decorating is NOT my hobby.  Sure I could have piped the frosting and made them look all fancy.  I could have run out to the store and bought cutters and made cute little fondant bunnies and chicks and eggs.  But I just don’t have the patience for it – and neither did the three people sitting around my table watching me and waiting for me to finish so they could finally taste one!

Making cupcakes shouldn’t be a chore – they should be quick and easy, and they should taste great – that’s why I created Antoinette baking mixes.  Sure, you can put our frosting into a piping bag and decorate to your heart’s content.  But you can also just slather it onto your cakes with a butter knife and be done with it!  And by the way, does anyone out there actually think fondant tastes good?

I’ll bet most of you already have a stash of Easter candy hidden somewhere in your homes.  I opened several bags of mine and used them as decorations.

I used Peeps, jelly beans, and candied chocolate eggs.

I only wish I had an Easter basket and some fake plastic grass to nestle these little beauties into, but I’m a bit behind schedule with my Easter preparations.

I also packed a few into single cupcake boxes for my guests to take with them.  I’ll bet no one would mind receiving one of these on Easter morning!

Hope this has been of some help to those of you who are baking-decorating-and time-challenged.  Happy Easter!

“Let them eat cake!”

Love,

Pavanne
antoinetteonline.com

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Lollypop, Lollypop, Oh Lolly Lolly Lolly!

Hello fellow baking enthusiasts!  I have a treat for you this week!  This month’s prize-winning photos came from H. Schouten, in Uddel, so I thought this would be a great time to touch on the subject of Cake Lollies.

While they make look complicated, they’re really quite simple to make, especially if you’ve got Antoinette cupcake and frosting mixes in your pantry.  These were made for H’s granddaughter to pass out at school for her birthday and they’re absolutely adorable!

These were decorated as sheep, but you can make anything you like in any color or flavor you like.  The possibilities are endless.  With Easter around the corner, wouldn’t it be fun to whip up a batch and decorate them as sheep, or chicks, or bunnies or Easter eggs?  If you need inspiration, there are plenty of pictures to be found on the Internet.

Here’s how to make them:

Cake Lollies

1 Antoinette Cupcake Mix (your favorite flavor)
1 Antoinette Frosting Mix (matching flavor)
Wilton Candy Melts* (they have many colors – take your pick!) or good quality chocolate
Sprinkles or other decorations
A piece of polystyrene to stand the pops in
Lolly pop sticks

Recipe:

Make the cupcakes as directed on the package and allow them to cool completely.  You won’t need to use cupcake wrappers – just be sure to grease the pan so they don’t stick.

Make the frosting as directed on the package and set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Break the cupcakes into fine crumbs (you can do this in a food processor if you like) and put them into a large bowl.

Mix the frosting into the crumbs so you get a kind of moist dough.

Next, take a heaping tablespoon of dough at a time and roll it into smooth balls – they should be about the size of a golf ball.  Put these into the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours to chill completely.  If you’re in a hurry, you can put them in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, but don’t let them freeze completely.

To assemble:

Melt the Candy Melts, or chocolate, in a bowl over a pan of simmering water while stirring.  Turn off the heat.  You may need to stir occasionally to keep it smooth.

Dip the tip of a lolly stick into the melted candy/chocolate and stick it into a cake ball.

Dip the cake ball into the melted candy/chocolate and cover completely.

If you are decorating them with sprinkles, do this right away because the Candy Melts harden really quickly.

Stick the pop into the polystyrene block and repeat procedure until you’ve made them all.  If you don’t want to make them all, you could wrap some of the uncoated cake balls and put them into the freezer for up to a month.  Let them defrost in the refrigerator before using them.

If you’re sticking decorations onto the lollies, do this once they’ve dried, using some of the melted Candy Melts as glue.

Cake Lollies keep in the refrigerator for up to a week and for two days at room temperature.

*Wilton Candy Melts are available at most baking supply stores, like Bakfeest & Zo and iBake Cupcakes.  You can also order them online from any baking site, such as CakeSupplies.nl.

Awww… just look at that cute face! 🙂

Stay tuned next week when I’ll be posting some fun Easter cupcakes for your inspiration.

“Let them eat cake!”

Love,

Pavanne

Antoinette

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Baking Makes You Happy!

Lot’s of exciting stuff going on around here these days.  We’ve been on our feet and on the phone for the past few weeks, prepping an order for over 1000 mixes.  There are so many things we’d never thought about a year ago, like bar codes, box sizes, pallets, and forklifts!  But I’m proud to say that, with a little help from our friends, we’ve got it all figured out and taken care of.

This afternoon, as I was making what felt like the millionth Chocolate Cupcake Mix, I turned to Brigitte and said, “Who’s idea was this anyway?!  ‘It’ll be fun.  It’ll be easy,'” I said, mimicking myself.  “Oh no,” Brigitte said, “We never said it would be easy!”  We both laughed.  Still, we were having a good time rocking out in the kitchen and, as I finally sealed the last bag of Chocolate Frosting Mix, I wondered if blasting The Rolling Stones would somehow make the frosting taste even better!  Anyway, I still don’t dare tell you where all of these mixes are going to end up – don’t want to jinx it – but you’ll find out soon enough!

I received some photos from a satisfied customer late last night and they put a smile on my face.  This is exactly why we’re doing this: They’re fun and easy to make,

even for kids!

Baking makes you happy!

And, of course, cupcakes taste good!  🙂

“Let them eat cake!”

Look forward to meeting soon in a store near you!

Love,

Pavanne
Antoinette

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